The seventh annual Camp Roughin' It was held April 25 – 26, 2011, at Gum Springs National Park in Winnfield, La. This camp educates 4-H’ers about ways to develop, manage and further utilize natural resources (forestry, aquatics and wildlife) in a fashion that will insure a healthy and clean environment for years to come. Eight parishes participated in camp this year with approximately 230 youths, adults, and volunteers. Parishes included: Claiborne, DeSoto, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, and Winn.
The 4-H’ers slept in tents and cooked their own food. They learned about Forestry, Outdoor Cookery Contest, Camp Survival, Eating in the Wild, Trapping as a Management Tool, Fishing, Canoeing – Water Safety, BB Gun Safety, Ice Cream in a Bag, Grilling & Chilling, and much more. Educational programs were presented by LSU AgCenter 4-H agents, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, USDA Forest Service, Louisiana Fur Board, and the Winn Parish Antique Tractor Club.
The campers had a very memorable experience at Camp Roughin' It this year. With the severe weather coming on Monday night, the youths were transported to the Winn Intermediate School gym for a night of dancing, movies, and games. The campers were able to return to camp on Tuesday morning to complete the rotations. Due to more severe weather, the campers packed up and departed for home Tuesday night. Red River Parish had 14 4-H’ers and two Jr. Counselors attend Camp Rough In' It this year. Cindy Smith, Associate Extension Agent, and Josh Salley, Assistant County Agent, also attended the camp with the 4-H'ers.
Camp counselors were Terrance Ammons, Cory Maxwell, and Nathan Paul. Campers were: Garrett Anderson, Kade Anderson, Micheal Arnold, Journi Brown, Mackenzie Davidson, Blake Horton, Dustin Horton, Yancy LeGrande, Madison Lewing, Natalie Webb, and Molly Wilson. Unable to attend were; Rowdy Burleson, Madison Davidson, and Seth Wood. Youths are pictured in front of the new 4-H trailer, “We Pull for Red River 4-H.”
We are very thankful for the parents and volunteers that help make this and all our activities a success. Thank you to our bus drivers, Doug Webb and Jana - we appreciate you taking time to provide our transportation to and from camp.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture